Scholar: Sarah Harvey (Fencer)
May 2019 update: After a frustrating time with injury, Sarah's arm is now fully recovered. Her first competition back was the Merseyside Open in February, where Sarah came 14th (out of 54), unfortunately being put out of the competition by the eventual winner. Sarah has also regained her place on the Edinburgh University team that competes in the British University & Colleges (BUCs) league. They won the 'Champions League' (being the highest of all the leagues) to become the best university fencing team in Britain. In the summer Sarah will graduate from being a junior to a senior fencer.
January 2019 update: Sarah has struggled with injury this term and consequently has been unable to fence since September. After extensive physio treatment Sarah is aiming to return to competitive fencing in the New Year when she hopes to help Edinburgh University retain their women's BUCs fencing title.
September 2018 update: Putting study before sport for a few months really paid off for Sarah. Her outstanding A-level results of A*A*A secured her a place at Edinburgh University. She will continue her fencing development there with the excellent University fencing team. Despite a shoulder injury prior to the Commonwealth Championships Sarah was able to help the Scottish team come 3rd. The picture shows Sarah with her bronze medal. This result helped contribute to Sarah's selection as non-travelling reserve for the Scottish Senior Commonwealths in Canberra in November.
May 2018 update: Despite having to focus on her 'A'-levels, Sarah has still been busy competing and training for the Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships this summer. Her 5th place at the Glasgow Open was her best result recently. Sarah also took time out from her revision to fence in front of a large audience at a fund raising event during half time of a Newcastle Eagles game, which was good preparation for the Commonwealths. Following her exams, Sarah's schedule gets very busy. The Junior Commonwealths take place this July in Newcastle followed immediately by the Junior Nationals in August. Good results in these two events will help Sarah secure her place in the Great Britain team for 2018/19.
About Sarah: Sarah started fencing for fun when she was 10 years old and began competing 3 years later. In the last 5 years Sarah has done exceptionally well at her chosen sport. She has gained success at u15, u20, u23 and senior level; locally, regionally and nationally. As a cadet Sarah won the Scottish Championships in 2014 and 2015 and returned in 2017 to take the silver medal in their Seniors Open. Sarah has recently been selected to represent Great Britain at u20 level in a World Cup event in Germany in October.
As Sarah enters her last year of A-level study at Gosforth Academy she will be working doubly hard to balance academic success with her fencing opportunities. Whether calculating angles of attack will help her with her Further Maths 'A'-level remains to be seen! On being told of her selection as a scholar Sarah said, "I am delighted to become a Sport Newcastle Scholar and I can't wait to get started."